How Personality Disorders Are Treated For Purposes Of Disability

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides monthly benefits to retired workers, disabled workers, surviving spouses and children, and others. These benefits help people make ends meet by providing a steady stream of income, but in order to receive payments you do have to qualify. One program that causes a lot of confusion and urban myths is the Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) program. Many people believe if their application for benefits is initially denied there is no reason to seek reconsideration or appeal. In fact, most applicants are awarded benefits on reconsideration or appeal rather than at the initial filing stage, making it invaluable to consider these options if you are denied. Another common misperception is whether personality disorders are considered a disability.

Mental illness and personality disorders sometimes go without the attention they deserve, but when it comes to disability, these conditions do qualify for benefits. In order to meet the test set forth by the SSA for a personality disorder to qualify for SSDI, you must show:

• You are unable to adapt to a workplace setting.
• You suffer when placed in social situations and prefer to be alone.
• You hear voices or exhibit other extraordinary personality traits.

There are other behavioral patterns that will meet the definition of disabled due to a personality disorder, but you must also prove your condition limits your daily activity. This might be accomplished by showing your symptoms worsen while on the job, you are unable to focus and concentrate, or you do not adjust to social settings. The key is to provide evidence showing how your personality disorder limits your ability to engage in meaningful activity. If you are able to meet these tests, you may qualify for SSDI. To help give yourself the best chance at being approved for benefits, call a qualified social security attorney today. The test is difficult to meet, but with the right help you can rest easy knowing your case is in good hands.

If you have questions about SSDI and how personality or mental disorders are classified for purpose of receiving benefits, contact us online for more information. We can also be reached at 855-727-6353.